Wholetime Firefighter – Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Working Hours: 42 hours a week*
Salary: £27,178.00 rising to £36,226 when Competent
Location: All of Essex
Closing Date: 29th February 2024
The Role (Role Profile)
We’re recruiting wholetime firefighters to begin training in August 2024. Forget those outdated stereotypes. We’re team members, teachers, communicators, community-minded, protectors and role models – firefighting is a diverse and rewarding career on the front line, saving lives.
If you want to play a key role in our communities, preventing and protecting our residents and visitors from harm and keeping Essex safe, this is the role for you.
What you need to know before applying for our August 2024 squad
• If you are successful, you’ll attend a non-residential 17-week training course at our Service Training Centre in Witham, Essex. The hours will be 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, starting on 27 August 2024, with induction days on either 22 or 23 August 2024.
• You will not be able to take leave during this period due to the intensive requirements and safety critical nature of the training.
• The working pattern after successful completion of the 17-week training course will be two days 9am-6pm followed by two nights 6pm-9am, with four days off, on a rolling pattern.
Our wholetime firefighters complete a Level 3 Operational Firefighting Apprenticeship alongside their standard firefighter training. Being able to offer all of our new firefighters an apprenticeship qualification means we’re able to invest in our leaders of tomorrow. This is a nationally recognised qualification and will be a condition of the offer. Further information will be provided during the application process.
Firefighters come in all ages, shapes and sizes and we know the best teams are made up of different kinds of people, which is why we’re interested in hearing from anyone who meets our
eligibility requirements. You don’t need any previous experience of firefighting, you just need to be community-minded and share our vision of making Essex a safe place to live, work and travel. We’ll give you all the training you need to become a first-class firefighter.
You will live and breathe our Service values of being professional, courageous, open and honest. You will be naturally inclusive and value the contribution of all and be committed to
the value of working as one team.
ECFRS is one of the largest fire and rescue services in the country, serving a county with a wide variety of risks. Essex is home to two airports, Stansted and Southend, as well as
Harwich seaport, Lakeside shopping centre, power stations, docks at Tilbury and, along the Thames, several underground stations, and parts of the M25 and M11 motorways and several
significant A-roads, and areas of diverse and complex risk.
We have 50 fire stations across the County – 12 of which are wholetime, and we employ nearly 400 wholetime firefighters as part of an organisation of over 1400 people across operations, Service Control, and support staff.
Our Service is governed by Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority (EPFCC). The EPFCC Fire and Rescue Authority is responsible for fire and rescue
services covering an area over 1,400 square miles and a population of over 1.8 million.
Eligibility (Person Specification)
To be eligible to apply for these opportunities, you must:
• Have GCSE A*-C (9-4) or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English.
• Hold a full manual UK Driving Licence
• Be able to travel to any fire station in Essex
• Eligible to work in the UK
• Have a valid email address
• Meet the vision criteria reference in the FAQ’s Entry Requirements
If you are an internal candidate, you must have discussed your application with your line manager and confirmed with them there are no outstanding issues of conduct or performance.
This will be verified during the process.
How to apply
Please apply via our recruitment portal.
Assessment and selection:
The assessment and selection approach will be:
Online application form
Psychometric online assessments – this stage is an important part of our selection process and will help us shortlist candidates for the next stage.
If you have been shortlisted following the psychometric assessment, you will be invited to a physical assessment day. Please go to our Firefighter fitness page for more information.
On successful completion of the assessment day, you will be invited to an interview based on our service Values, the national Code of Ethics for firefighters and the NFCC Leadership
Those of you who have demonstrated you have the values, traits, behaviours and fitness to have progressed this far will be invited to attend our Service Training Centre for a series of
practical and team working activities which will form the final assessment.
You will also be required to undertake a fitness validation.
Our Culture and Benefits
We have a strong commitment to supporting our firefighters to develop and since 2019 we have a Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship as part of our wholetime training course.
Here at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service we are committed to prioritising and promoting the wellbeing of our employees.
You can find out more about our benefits at https://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/recruitment/benefits
We are an equal opportunities, Disability Confident, employer who welcomes applications from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a work environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process and all applications will be considered solely on merit.
As part of our offer to support all our candidates to perform to the best of their abilities during our recruitment and selection processes and we would like to let you know about a couple of support options you can access, should you wish to, including our employee forums, who are keen and willing to support all of our potential colleagues.
Our employee forums and partners include:
Asian Fire Services Association (AFSA), BEING (our LGBTQ+ employee support network), Christian Fellowship, Ethnic Minority Forum, Men’s Forum, and our Women’s Forum. In
addition, we also have a female firefighters operational group.
Further to the above, the Service has a Digital Accessibility Inclusion Group (DAIG) that supports all colleagues to improve their digital skills and provides additional support and
guidance to colleagues with neurodivergent strengths and struggles as a result of dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, dyspraxia etc. We want everyone to thrive at work, and so we encourage and enable people to access digital tools to help them perform at your best. The DAIG is a group of colleagues from across the Service that unite to support others as a result of their lived
experience and desire to make a difference. They support people with a range of visible and invisible disabilities to identify and access digital workplace adjustments and solutions and
may be able to assist with your application too.
Should you wish to discuss support, or access further information, from one of these groups, please contact Equality.Diversity@essex-fire.gov.uk
You are also able to raise any queries or requests for support, including any adjustments you may require, at any stage of the process by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about Essex County Fire & Rescue Service via www.essex-fire.gov.uk and about our vacancies and application processes via https://join.essex-fire.gov.uk
Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all
employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
It is our policy to require all applicants for employment to disclose if you are currently being investigated by any regulatory body or have any decisions or sanctions pending or in
progress in respect of your suitability to work for the Service.
You agree to inform the Service within 24 hours if you are subsequently investigated by any agency or organisation in relation to concerns about your behaviour towards children, young
people or vulnerable adults.
The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the appointment for which you are applying.
This role will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.